Making Santa Rosa an Arts & Culture Destination
Winter hours : Friday-Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-2pm
Santa Rosa Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the cultural experience of our community by providing arts education, classes for all ages and abilities, exhibit space for local artists and offering a venue for performances, literary arts, and events. Although it is the largest city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, until our organization was founded, Santa Rosa had been lacking an art center for these services.
Benefactors: Cathy and Michael Casteel and Montgomery Village
Sponsors: Riley Street and Village Art. Also, thanks to Lagunitas Brewing Company, Karah Winery and Rodney Strong Vineyards for contributing beverages to our benefit concerts.
History: Artists and the former owners of Village Art Supply in Montgomery Village, Robin and Simmon Factor created Chroma Gallery in 2014. It became the de facto community art center and the nucleus for the Santa Rosa arts district known as SOFA (South of A), providing artists of various experience levels the opportunity to exhibit their work in a beautiful and professional gallery setting. It sponsored numerous art shows, live music concerts, benefits, classes and lectures.
With a vision to expand these programs and to further community involvement, in 2017 Simmon incorporated the Santa Rosa Arts Center with the fiscal sponsorship of Inquiring Systems Inc. a 501c3 California not-for-profit organization located in Santa Rosa. In January, 2019 SRAC completed the transition and took over the Chroma Gallery space. http://santarosaartscenter.org/index.php/history-of-srac/
In October, 2017 disastrous wildfires destroyed homes, lives and communities in and around Santa Rosa. This terrible event inspired SRAC to call on the local artists to create work to help heal the wounds of the disaster. Healing By Art: After The Fires was well received, viewed by hundreds of people from Sonoma County and the Bay Area. There were several newspaper articles written about it and it was featured on KCBS and KRCB radio.
A powerful documentary film was made about the show: event:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k04YCJ_rDb8&feature=youtu.be
An advisory group of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County artists meet monthly planning events and creating an arts education program for children and adults.
SRAC is actively seeking members, volunteers, grants and donations.